End of Life Issues Is Topic for 1.5 Credit Online Course

Elderly hands on afghanThe University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer an online graduate course in end of life issues during the Fall 2014 semester. Students not enrolled in a degree program through CAC may take this course as a guest student (fees still apply). UIndy undergraduate students who are at Junior or Senior level with a GPA of 3.5 or better may enroll in these courses with permission from their advisor.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will engage students in exploring the complex issues of end of life care from the perspectives of both the individual person at end of life and the social systems that influence end of life care. Students will discover how legal, ethical, economic, and competing personal considerations within families all shape end of life decisions.

This course addresses critical issues that people experience at end of life. These include everything from the process of completing an Advance Directive for Healthcare Decisions long before one enters the dying process to the experience of living through the dying process itself. Students will explore the following topics and examine the issues within them:

  • Quality of life for the person at the end of life. This includes having the conversations about advance directives for healthcare decisions, managing pain and other disease-related symptoms, and meeting a person’s emotional, spiritual and psychological needs at the end of life.
  • Health and support services at end of life, including hospice and palliative care services for people at the end of life and their families.
  • Ethical considerations in making end of life decisions such as examining the role of competing values and interests, both in the family and in the healthcare/medical systems.
  • Legal considerations in making end of life decisions: society’s role in end of life decisions.
  • Issues in end of life care for people with special needs including people who are homeless, people with dementia, and ethnic minority elders.
  • The public health impact of end of life issues.

 

The goal of this course is for students to examine the complexity of issues within these topics and understand how differing perspectives inform decisions at the individual, societal, and healthcare system levels.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will be conducted online from August 25 through October 19. The instructor is Rev. Alice Scannell, PhD.

For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Fritz at fritzs@uindy.edu or (317) 791-5929.

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Program Evaulation Is Key to Demonstrate Success of Health & Human Service Efforts

Generic graph imageOver the past two decades, the terms program “performance and accountability” and “program evaluation” have become the focus of vigorous debate within the social, health and education services. Calls for increased scrutiny of public funding have increased the competition for scarce resources and federal, state and local emphasis on measurement of program and policy effectiveness have driven the focus on measurable outcomes. At the same time, increased focus on the quality of service delivery and on developing “learning organizations” has led to the building of systems of ongoing feedback and quality improvement efforts. The field of evaluation has grown in response.  

Course Offering
The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community is offering GERO 571: Program Evaluation, a 3-credit, skill-based course designed to provide students in the healthcare and social sciences fields with an introductory overview of the tools and techniques to measure the activities, characteristics, effectiveness and efficiency of programs targeted to specific populations. This course is taught online and will begin August 25.

Objective
The primary objective of program evaluation is to provide feedback to decision-makers and other stakeholders, to determine whether a given program is achieving desired outcomes at a reasonable cost. In this course, the emphasis will be on what is needed to develop a successful evaluation, how to manage the context of the evaluation to ensure a positive evaluation experience for the evaluator(s) and the organization or program being evaulated, and how to foster the use of evaluation findings through design, conduct and reporting. At the end of the course, whether students are called on to evaluate a program, contract for evaluation services, or are charged with reading and acting on evaluation results, they will have the tools you need to successfully engage in program evaluation.

Course investigations will include readings from texts and articles, accessing websites, and conducting community research. Course assignments will include projects that will require students to read and analyze information sources, identify and interact with a specific program or policy, and develop a strategic evaluation plan.

Instructor
CAC Associate Professor Sharon Baggett, PhD is the instructor for this course. Baggett is routinely sought out for her skills as an evaluator and has provided evaluation services to organizations across the United States.

For More Information
People interested in taking GERO 571: Program Evaluation without applying to one of CAC’s graduate programs can take advantage of the Guest Student Option, which allows up to 6 credit hours to be take under guest status. All course fees apply. For more information, contact Stephanie Fritz at fritzs@uindy.edu or 317-791-5929.

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New Additions to Health Sciences and Student Life at UIndy

Earlier in the year, President Robert Manuel announced the approval of a $50-Million budget for some new and exciting initiatives to improve the university and its surrounding community. Among these changes are plans that will not only enhance the quality of popular programs within the College of Health Sciences, but will also increase the variety of activities within Student Life.

A New Health Building:

On June 19th, the university hosted a special ground-breaking ceremony for a new building on campus. A four-story, $28 million Health Pavilion will be home to all of UIndy's health science programs including, psychology, kinesiology, athletic training, social work, as well as the nationally ranked programs in nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The new building, which is scheduled to open August 2015, will have state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and meeting spaces, as well as clinical facilities that will give students hands-on experience, while providing services to local members of the community.

Master's in Public Health:

A professional degree with a concentration in health disparities -- preventable differences in the health of various populations. The new Master's in Public Health is a 45-credit program that will take about two years to complete, with a combination of online courses and occasional on-site instruction. Students in the program will acquire the essential skills for improving population health such as program planning, monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, culturally competent communication, advocacy, and leadership for improvement of public health.

Men's and Women's Lacrosse

UIndy will be the first college in the state of Indiana to have a Division II Lacrosse program for men and women. The new addition brings the number of sports teams under the athletic program to a total of 23. The university has already taken the first step, with hiring coaches Jillian Howley and Greg Stocks. Both are former head coaches from DII Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Recruitment will begin soon, and the season will kickoff with the men's team competing in Spring 2016.

Marching Band

Plans are also underway to assemble staff and facilities for a university marching band. Over 30 percent of incoming students participated in marching band during high school, and many of them have expressed interest in continuing to participate as undergraduates. The university also anticipates that the program will be available for students beginning in the year 2016.

 

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Researcher to Join UIndy College of Health Sciences MPH and Community Health Faculty

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences has tapped Debasree DasGupta, PhD as a faculty member in its new Master’s of Public Health and undergraduate Community Health Education programs. DasGupta will begin teaching at UIndy in August 2014.

DasGupta’s interest in public health evolved over time from an interest in public policy. As a Master’s student at Clemson University she focused on city and regional planning and how that impacted environmental health.

“I was looking at land use change – how rapid development of land affected the quality of water,” DasGupta said. “There was a natural progression from studying environmental health to studying population or public health.”

When she began her PhD studies at George Mason University, she borrowed from the fields of demography, economics and sociology to analyze disparities in fertility and women’s work.  As a postdoctoral research fellow at George Mason, DasGupta worked on a number of projects, including one National Institutes of Health-funded project on geographical disparities related to organ transplantation.

She is excited about her future at the University of Indianapolis. “Being a post doc research fellow, I wanted to remain in academia. UIndy’s health programs – in both community health education and public health -- dovetail to my own interests.  I look forward to teaching and continuing my own research at UIndy.”

DasGupta has expertise in statistics and quantitative methods and will be teaching Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Applications in Public Health in the MPH program. She is well-versed in the use of GIS – geographic information systems used to capture, store, analyze, manage and present data, all of which is critical to accurately identify and address health disparities. She plans to develop an MPH elective course on GIS in the near future and will also be teaching a range of courses in the undergraduate Community Health Education program and Kinesiology Department. 

In both programs, students learn to address what DasGupta sees as the biggest challenge in public health -- how to move people from unhealthy habits to healthy behaviors.

“Behaviors are driving why disparities exist,” DasGupta said.  “Policy-wise, we could try to move those habits, but policy can only go so far. People must understand the consequences of their choices.  It takes years of community-based programs to change people’s behaviors.  We are seeing a transition from the biggest threats to health being communicable diseases in previous years to non-communicable diseases today. You just can’t institute a policy to fix that.” 

While at UIndy, DasGupta hopes to conduct research on, among other things,  the global epidemic of diabetes, perhaps comparing the incidence of the disease in India and the United States. “In developed countries, like the U.S., diabetes is prevalent among those in the lower socioeconomic strata,” said DasGupta, who is a native of India. “In developing countries, it’s been a curse of affluence; though of late, we are seeing an expanding trend in incidence rates from the urban to the rural and from the higher to the lower socioeconomic strata.”  

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CAC to offer course in home modification assessment

During the Fall 2014 semester, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer "Home Sweet Home: Home Modification Assessment," a course designed to provide human service and housing professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a performance-based assessment of a person's health, capabilities and home characteristics.

Based on the results of the assessment, students will practice designing recommendations and specifications for tailored home modification interventions to enhance independence, safety, and quality of life.

The course will be offered in two formats:

Option 1 - Academic Credit
Guest Student Registration through UIndy
Cost: $703.50

Course registration includes:

  • Graduate credit (1.5 credits) and grade which will be documented on official UIndy transcript
  • Access to online learning management system with instructor-directed course work and resources. Course will run October 20 - December 13, 2014.
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Option 2 - Non-credit
Registration will be through Eventbrite
Cost: $600

Course registration includes:

  • Suggested pre-course reading list and review materials
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Reserve your space today.
To register or for more information, contact Stephanie Fritz, CAC Academic Coordinator, at (317) 791-5929.

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CHS Dean pens editorial for Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Stephanie Kelly, Dean, UIndy CHSThroughout the course of her career as a physical therapist, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, has been interested and involved in clinical education. That expertise led to her invitation to author an editorial, "On the Summit," on the evolution of clinical physical therapist education in the recent, special-edition issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE).

Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and is co-chair of an ACAPT steering committee dedicated to making changes in clinical education that respond to the changing landscape of healthcare.

"Our profession has had a number of successes in this process: the development of the Clinical Performance Instrument, the credentialing of clinical instructors, formation of many active regional consortia, to name a few," Kelly wrote, while noting that challenges still exist which require further action.

The special edition of JOPTE is dedicated to seven position papers that are part of the ACAPT visioning process for changes clinical education. In her editorial, Kelly said the publication of the papers and the offering of several webinars taking place during Summer 2014 are meant to serve as the foundation for discussion that will take place at an ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, on October 12-13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal for the Clinical Education Summit is to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to provide specific implementation recommendations to ACAPT.

"We recognize that each [academic] program has a unique institutional mission that must be met; however, just as best practice guidelines continue to allow for individualized patient care, establishing best practice standards for clinical education will continue to allow programs to meet their respective missions," Kelly wrote.

To learn more about the ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, to read the seven position papers presented in JOPTE, or to review the webinar schedule, please visit www.acapt.org.

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Two UIndy OT professors earn doctoral degrees

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that assistant professors Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR and Alison Nichols, OTD, OTR recently successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees.

Dr. Nichols defended her doctoral capstone in May and graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (ODT) degree. Her capstone project was titled, “Changes in Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence in Fieldwork Educators after Participation in an Evidence-Based Practice Short Course.”

Dr. Nichols specializes in early intervention pediatric occupational therapy. She is currently serving her second term as the secretary for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) and has also served as a test-item writer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

Dr. Breeden defended her doctoral dissertation on in June at Ball State University. She will graduate in July with a doctorate in adult, community, and higher education.  Her dissertation was titled, “Exploring Older Adult Home Safety Education With Photo Elicitation via Telehealth.”

She specializes in neurological recovery and upper extremity spasticity management. Her research interests include client education, stroke recovery, OT delivery via telehealth, and the contribution of photovoice and photoethnic research to the understanding of participation in meaningful occupation with a chronic illness or disability. Dr. Breeden earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

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Comstock inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) will induct Dr. Joni Comstock into its Athletic Hall of Fame on September 6 in Charleston, Ill. Dr. Comstock will be entering the Athletic Hall of Fame as a friend of athletics based on the impact she has had on Eastern Illinois Athletics and national collegiate athletics. Dr. Comstock was a volleyball student-athlete at EIU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She received her master's degree in education and sports management from Illinois State University, and earned a doctorate in administration of higher education from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

In addition to her position at the NCAA, in 2012 Dr. Comstock became a co-instructor for the University of Indianapolis' Master of Science in Sport Management program, which focuses on intercollegiate athletics administration. She provides her expertise in the facility and event management course (KINS 510). She often holds class meetings for the UIndy students at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, where students have the opportunity to learn from more experts in the sport management field.

Dr. Comstock has been with the NCAA as Senior Vice President of Championships and Senior Woman Administrator since 2006. She is responsible for the oversight of 84 NCAA national championships, statistics, playing rules administration, media coordination, and gender initiatives. She was previously honored by EIU in 2013 as one of ten significant contributors to Panther Women's Athletics during the school's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. She also represented EIU as their pioneer in women’s athletics and was honored by the Ohio Valley Conference that same year.

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Staples receives Lucy Blair Service Award from APTA

Krannert School of Physical Therapy Associate Professor William H. “Bill” Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, recently received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

In addition to his work as a professor, Staples also serves as a lead reviewer for APTA clinical residency and fellowship programs, including the evaluation of 7 new clinical residency programs. He is also the chair of the Item Bank Review Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

An APTA member since 1979, Staples has been a member of several APTA sections, including: the Neurology Section, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and the Home Health Section. He has served on the Board of the Geriatric Section for 9 years and is currently the President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. In 2008, he was inducted into Sigma Phi Omega, a national professional society for gerontology. Staples has also received the Anthony D. Certo Award for distinction in furthering physical therapy as a professional practice, the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Distinguished Educator Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Joan M Mills Award, and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service.

The Lucy Blair Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the association through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities. Lucy Blair (deceased 1985) was known for qualities such as having unswerving dedication, self-sacrifice without limit, an infectious enthusiasm, strong personal and professional values, a sharp wit and sense of humor, and a genuine interest and concern for every individual she met.

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Top 5 Reasons to study Engineering at UIndy

UIndy has recently revamped the structure of its Engineering program, creating more benefits for students and providing more options for majors. The Engineering Dual Degree Program at UIndy is a cooperative partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program is designed to be 5 years in length, after which students will graduate with a degree in a Math or Science field from UIndy, and another in one of four areas within Engineering from IUPUI. Although the idea of staying in school for a fifth year, and taking courses at two different schools may seem different than the traditional four-year track at only one place, here are five reasons why any student interested in Engineering should consider the EDDP at UIndy.

1. Classes with more personal attention: Like the rest of the academic programs on campus, the EDDP at UIndy offers all  students the promise of a quality education, which can only be obtained through a learning environment with small class sizes and dedicated faculty who go above and beyond to help you succeed in their courses, and thereafter.

2. Stand out in the field with 2 Degrees: According to some of the EDDP faculty, having the knowledge and skills in a Math/Science field, and in Engineering makes a stronger engineer, and is more marketable in the workplace. The selection of internships and career possibilities also increases when a student holds two degrees.

3. Early exposure to hands-on experience: Students who choose Physics as one of their majors from UIndy, will greatly benefit from the new developments to the curriculum, with an emphasis on group projects. Professor Stephen Spicklemire says this will help enhance the learning experience for students, while helping them acquire the skills and experience needed for a career in Engineering.

4. Choose from 12 combinations of UIndy-IUPUI majors: Whereas the old UIndy/IUPUI engineering program only allowed students to earn a degree in Physics from UIndy, and Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering from IUPUI, the new program has 12 possible combinations for majors in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics from UIndy and Bio-medical, Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.

5. Financial aid guaranteed for 5 years: Although most undergraduate financial aid is only guaranteed for four years, students enrolled in the EDDP will be able to have the same financial aid package they received as entering freshmen, applied to the additional 5th year in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hands-on disability awareness activity drives home lesson for PT students

The commotion could be heard from down the hall. An entire class of first-year physical therapy students stood in line waiting to become disabled -- for an hour or so at least. It was the annual "Disability Awareness Luncheon," an activity that aims to help students in the UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy step into the shoes of the clients they will one day serve.

PT professors Dr. Kathy Martin, Mr. Sam Keggereis (shown at left), Dr. Bill Staples and Dr. Dyer Diehl called students into a classroom where they had multiple instruments at their disposal with which to assign a variety of disabilities to each student. Some students wore socks on their hands to mimic a loss of dexterity. Several had their vision obscured by goggles smeared with vaseline. Others had limbs rendered useless by the strategic placement of ace bandages.

Once they were suitably "disabled," students had to ascend the stairs to take part in a buffet lunch, where they had to serve themselves and eat a potentially challenging meal of lasagna, salad and breadsticks.

The Disability Awareness Luncheon is a long-standing tradition (right down to the menu) at KSPT. When pictures from the event were posted on the KSPT Facebook page, one alum commented, "Honestly one of the most memorable parts of PT school for me!"

After the activity concluded, Dr. Staples commented on the students' observations. "They couldn't believe how difficult is was to function when disabled, or that they were in a lot of pain for being disabled for only 90 minutes and they couldn't imagine being like that 24/7. A couple people commented on how much help they needed just to go through the lunch line. Several students commented on how it was impossible to use their phones when I asked them to send a text to a friend."

Visit the KSPT Facebook page to see more photos from the Disability Awareness Luncheon.

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Professor finds public health gives broader perspective

UIndy physical therapy professor Anne Meija-Downs, PT, MPH has focused her physical therapy practice on health promotion and wellness. After working for several years with cardiac and pulmonary patients in a PT setting, Anne decided she wanted to bring a public health perspective to her world of physical therapy.

“Public health allows us to look at things from a bigger perspective,” Anne said. “We can change one thing – for instance, the social environment or the physical environment – and see how that changes the health of the population.”

By pursuing a master’s degree in public health, Anne felt that she would be able to make it easier for people to make healthier choices in their lives.

“No matter what your basic background is – PT, OT, nursing, social work,” Anne said, “public health lets you look at your area of expertise in a whole different way.”

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is now offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The program includes a concentration on health disparities, which are preventable differences in the health of various populations. UIndy’s MPH, which is offered in a predominantly online format, will begin in Fall 2014.

“This program will give the best of both worlds – the opportunity to explore a range of health topics of interest and the depth to really investigate and hopefully impact them,” Anne said.

To learn more about the Master of Public Health program at the University of Indianapolis, please visit http://www.uindy.edu/health-sciences/mph.

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UIndy Nursing: Education for Service through a recent trip to Ecuador

 
A group of faculty and students from the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) School of Nursing recently returned from a 13 day Service-Learning Healthcare Trip to Ecuador.  The team consisted of  Dr. Kathy Hetzler, Denise Ferrell and Mrs. Carolyn Kirkendall, faulty from the school of nursing plus twelve students. The students included nine nursing students, a Pre-Med student, Pre-PT student, and a newly graduated nursing student.  The healthcare team grew once the UIndy team arrived at Quito, Ecuador and included two physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a former UIndy nursing graduate who is a missionary, and six One Mission Society missionaries.
 
The team traveled to Loja for a week to set-up and conduct healthcare clinics in three different locations in the Loja region. They saw 504 people over a five day period.  In addition to the healthcare clinics, they conducted two "Friends and Family" CPR sessions for local residents and a youth group.
 
The students also had several cultural experiences, which included visiting the equator and open markets in the area.  
 
It was a wonderful service learning experience for all and helped the students understand the concept of inter-professional practice.
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Making Your Summer Count: College Visits

Although most of their students are gone for the summer break, several college campuses remain open to visitors during this season. If you haven't added college visits to your summer plans yet, be sure to pencil those in, especially one to UIndy!

When you visit the University of Indianapolis, we make every effort to build a great experience that is tailored to your needs. To start off, you can choose from either a group or individual visit:

Group Visits (Available most Saturdays during the year):

  • Presentation from an Admissions Counselor
  • Group tour, led by a student ambassador

Individual (Weekdays from 9am-3pm):

  • One-on-One meeting with an Admissions Counselor
  • Personal tour with a student ambassador

If you visit UIndy during the fall or spring semester, we can also add a few things to your visit schedule:

  • Lunch on campus
  • Meeting with a professor in your major of interest
  • An overnight visit with a current student, in one of our residence halls
  • A classroom visit

Can't make it to campus this summer?

No worries. Although we hope you will eventually find time to visit us, there are additional ways to both learn more about UIndy, and get your questions answered by a current student or an Admissions Counselor. Students who reside in the states of Ohio and Illinois can attend one of our out-of-state receptions. Contact the office of admissions at 317-788-3216 to find out more.

If you are an Indiana resident, you may be contacted by one of our summer representatives this season. Summer Reps are current students who travel across the state and meet with local high school students to talk about why they love UIndy. Check out the website to see when our summer reps will be bringing UIndy to you!

 

 

 

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McMorrow named interim director of UIndy's new MPH program

Dr. Shannon McMorrow, assistant professor in the University of Indianapolis department of kinesiology, has been tapped to be the interim leader of the university's new, online Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

McMorrow joined the UIndy faculty in August 2013. Prior to coming to the University of Indianapolis, she earned her MPH from San Jose State University and was a community health education practitioner for more than 10 years in diverse and multidisciplinary settings across multiple U.S. states, Belize and Uganda. After beginning her academic career as a lecturer at a small private school in Uganda for three years, she returned to her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. to complete doctoral studies centered on understanding the implications of media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Kenya for community health education practice.

McMorrow has presented at national and international conferences such as the Society for Public Health Education, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and Qualitative Health Research annual conferences and has published work focused on improving community health education globally.

"Shannon's global experience in public health make her a terrific choice to lead UIndy's MPH program," said College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie P. Kelly, PhD, PT. "In addition to her depth of experience, we think students will be well served by Shannon's passion for highlighting and addressing health disparities between groups of people around the world."

The Master of Public Health offered by the University of Indianapolis is unique in that it is one of few MPH programs to offer a concentration in health disparities.

"In addition to being unique for its focus on health disparities, our program is one of the only MPH programs in Indiana offered in a flexible, predominantly online format," McMorrow said. "This format will help us attract a diverse range of students -- from recent grads to experienced professionals -- who want to advance their knowledge and skills in public health."

The UIndy MPH program is currently admitting students and will begin offering classes in August 2014. Interested students should apply by July 1.

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"Research in the Real World:" CHS professor at UIndy Research Institute

University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences (CHS) professor Elizabeth Moore, PhD teaches graduate courses in both the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, but earlier this week her students were UIndy undergraduates who are participating in the university's first Summer Research Institute. Moore, an anthropologist, spoke to the students about "Research in the Real World."

"Research isn't just the white coats in the lab," Moore said. "It's important in any discipline. My purpose in talking to the Summer Research Institute students is to help them get a broader sense of what scholarship can be."

According to Moore, the changing landscape of the healthcare system in the U.S., particularly the trend toward evidence-based practice, makes research all the more important.

"Clinicians must prove why something works," she said. "If you can show that your particular method or approach provides faster recovery, fewer complications, better healing, you will have an easier time convincing administrators or payors that the service you are providing is valuable."

Research, Moore said, is simply asking questions and pursuing answers to those questions.

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a program during the May term in which students may conduct original scholarship under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Accepted students and their faculty mentors receive a stipend and are expected to attend and participate in a series of research presentations by faculty and students of the SRI.

 

 

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DegreesInSports.com Features Dr. Diacin

 

Dr. Michael Diacin is the "Featured Professor on DegreesInSports.com, an online database of sports degree programs. Dr. Diacin is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Sport Management degree at the University of Indianapolis. His areas of expertise include sport facility operations and management, sociocultural foundations of sport, and professional and curriculum development in sport management. The following is some of the content from the interview with DegreesInSports.com. Access the full interview at http://www.degreesinsports.com/professor.asp.

Short Bio: A short bio outlining your current position and your career path.

Current responsibilities include teaching a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in the sport management program at the University of Indianapolis. Courses I teach or have taught include sport finance, sport governance, ethics, human resource management, strategic communication, revenue generation, legal aspects, and sport history and culture. Prior to entering the field of academics, I worked in the municipal and interscholastic areas of sport management. Facility management is the area in which most of my work experience occurred.

Did you ever work in the sports industry? If so, how did you land your first job or internship?

Yes, my background is primarily in operations. I was responsible for the day-to-day operations at a number of public sport and recreation facilities. This included all human resource functions, scheduling, financial management, and programming oversight.

Not having friends or family in high places, I did it the hard way. I searched, applied, and then presented myself and my ability to contribute to the organization during the interview. That has been the case for internships as well as full time jobs I’ve held.

What advice would you give to students looking to make sports their career?

You have to do so much above and beyond what anyone can require you to do. Many students complete their internship because it is required and do little to nothing else during their time as a student. The only way to stand out is to do more than the next person and only you can make that happen. Also, they need to understand that working in this field is a lifestyle, not just a job. Because of the unconventional schedules and quantity of hours that must be worked, you have to be ready to commit yourself to it. People who work in sports work when other people play. If you don’t want to work weekends, find something else to do.

Why is it important to get a Bachelors degree in sports management for people who are looking to work in sports?

It is the critical first step to gaining entry into the field. It does demonstrate that you’ve engaged in a curriculum that has allowed you to think critically about the situation you’ll encounter and tasks you’ll complete once you’re in the field.

For more information about the sport management programs at the University of Indianapolis, visit our website or contact us at Kinesiology-grad@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4907. Watch for more from Dr. Diacin's interview with DegreeInSports.com in our next blog!

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DegreesInSports.com Features Dr. Diacin — Part 2

 

Dr. Michael Diacin was recently chosen to be the "Featured Professor" on DegreesInSports.com, an online database of sports degree programs. Dr. Diacin is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Sport Management degree at the University of Indianapolis. His research interests include parental involvement in youth sports; experiential learning and internship development in sport management; and constraints upon family sport and recreation consumption. The following is more of the content from the interview with DegreesInSports.com. The first part of the interview is included in an earlier blog post and you may access the full interview at http://www.degreesinsports.com/professor.asp.

When trying to select a post-graduate program, what advice would you give a prospective student?

Determine the path you want to take and then find a program that specializes in that path. At the graduate level, the focus should be specific as opposed to general. If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t go to grad school simply to buy more time because the experience won’t be productive. Have an end goal in sight and then use that program’s resources to help you reach that goal.

What are the main selection criteria you consider when selecting students to be admitted into your program?

The undergraduate performance and standardized test scores matter a great deal. Someone who has turned in four years of mediocre performance doesn’t indicate they were particularly determined to do better. That attitude of apathy could continue in a graduate program so when those elements are poor, it is a red flag with regard to whether or not this person would be truly serious about graduate study. Another element is the personal essay. It is very important to clearly articulate what you want to get out of the program. If a program has a particular focus and that person does not indicate that in their interests, it could result in a mismatch between student and program.

How important is it for students to do an internship before they graduate? What advice would you give a student looking to select a sports internship?

It is critical. Those without some field experience really don’t stand a chance. When seeking an internship, ask the site supervisor what this experience will prepare you to do and also ask what can you market to future employers from this experience. If the experience doesn’t allow you an opportunity to accumulate evidence that indicates what you can do then it is an internship worth staying away from.

What are the main challenges that sports specific academic programs face over the next 3-5 years?

The biggest challenge, especially with brick and mortar universities is to embrace evolving technologies and still offer a program that allows for students to get the face-to-face time they need with faculty and practitioners that will serve as resources to them. Online learning offers many advantages but it needs to be delivered in a manner that enhances the program while keeping the personal element intact.

For more information about the sport management programs at the University of Indianapolis, visit our website or contact us at Kinesiology-grad@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4907.

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UIndy School of OT enjoys long-term partnership with Hendricks Regional Health

Reprinted with permission from Hendricks Regional Health (HRH). Written by Aimee Ketterer, HRH Marketing Communications Specialist

Hendricks Regional Health occupational therapist, Dr. Lucinda Dale (pictured at right with two MOT students), is a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. For the past 10 years, her student research groups have been measuring outcomes for patients receiving occupational therapy services. To date, five projects, each spanning five semesters of work, have been completed with HRH occupational therapists. Two additional projects, focusing on outcomes after total hip or knee arthroplasty, are currently underway.

All completed research studies have been presented by occupational therapy graduate students in the annual research forum for the School of Occupational Therapy, with many also presented at local, regional and national professional conferences. Completed studies have included the use of standardized outcome questionnaires to measure changes in patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks. Results have shown that patients with musculoskeletal disorders of the arm and hand have made significant clinical improvements following occupational therapy services.

One finished study, Comparing responsiveness of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) and the Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI), was published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, volume 46, 2013. In a project recently concluded, standard treatment combined with a Pilates-based treatment focusing on postural stability, core strength, and flexibility resulted in marked improvements for patients. This study has been submitted for publication.

Hendricks Regional Health occupational therapy is proud of the collaborative efforts with the School of Occupational Therapy in continuously evaluating and improving outcomes for patients.   

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CHS Dean to speak at Ohio State University

Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, dean of the University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences, will speak as the 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presenter at Ohio State University on Wednesday, April 30.

Kelly was invited to address the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy because of her roles as the Director of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and as a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute.

Kelly's remarks will center on ACAPT's current shared visioning process for clinical education in physical therapy. The purpose of this process is to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to strengthen the relationship between academic and clinical faculty. The ACAPT visioning process will culminate in a Clinical Education Summit in Kansas City, Missouri on October 12-13, 2014.

The 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presentation will take place in Atwell Hall - Room 316 on the OSU campus from 5:00-6:00pm.

About Dr. Kelly:  Stephanie Kelly's scholarly interests primarily relate to clinical education and learning as it relates to the UIndy motto of “Education for Service.”  She has clinical experience in rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury and amputations. She earned a degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a PhD from Nova Southeatern University. She was named Dean of the UIndy College of Health Sciences in 2009.

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